New artificial grass owners often worry they can no longer garden. Not true at all! Many Texas Turf clients have grown beautiful flower beds, vegetable plots and container plantings right within their low-maintenance faux lawns. Follow this simple beginner’s guide to blending natural gardens into your backyard landscape design with artificial grass:
Map Out Future Garden Spots
Ideally, before installing artificial grass, we’ll plan out where you’ll later put raised beds, vertical walls and pot groupings into your new artificial turf yard. Our custom design rendering service makes this incredibly easy—just tell us what you have in mind and our designers will explore it with you.
Now, if you already have an artificial lawn, it’s not too late. An awesome thing about artificial grass is that it’s more versatile than real grass, so we can still help you incorporate all the garden elements you want into your synthetic lawn. Just book a consultation and one of our designers will take care of this for you.
Define Garden Borders
Install plastic lawn border strips, bricks, rocks, or landscape blocks completely around garden edges meeting grass. Defined edges box in loose soil and mulch so it stays inside garden beds, not on nice grass. Borders also make mowing and trimming simpler. Plus, clean edges give artificial turf a clean, professional-looking finish. Check out our gallery to see what we mean.
Use Self-Watering Raised Beds
Another great option are enclosed cedar planter boxes with built-in water reservoirs that sit neatly on artificial grass without digging down. The contained irrigation system keeps soil moisture and overflow inside the bin. Many quality kits feature automatic drip watering to avoid messy spills.
Plant Vertically on Walls and Fences
Make the most of vertical surfaces near your synthetic lawn by hanging planters, vine supports and wall-mounted racks. Vertical gardening takes up no ground space yet grabs attention. Use durable metal hardware to easily hang pots and baskets on walls. You can even cover an entire wall with synthetic turf for a lush accent piece.
Place Regular Plant Containers Near Patios
To prevent turf stains or damage, keep unattached pots and planters on close by porches, patios and pool decks instead of directly on grass. Where required, add drip irrigation to apply water right at soil level with no runoff. Secure wheels or sliding disks beneath big pots to move around easier.
Try Hydroculture Gardening
A popular soil-free method is hydroculture, where plants’ roots grow down into water-filled containers. Special planters have openings to insert roots into nutrient solutions. As plants mature, you just refill water versus traditional fertilizing and mulching.
Make Compost Elsewhere for Garden Beds
While artificial turf won’t produce yard waste for compost, you can enrich real garden beds nearby. Many people keep a shared offsite compost bin at community gardens, collecting plant debris. This finished compost improves onsite beds by adding healthy organic matter.
Learn More About Artificial Grass Landscaping!
With a bit of planning, both vibrant gardens and flawless maintenance-free synthetic grass can mix beautifully!
For more artificial turf backyard ideas or project help, contact Texas Turf’s experts anytime. We can help you create a brand-new artificial grass oasis or improve the synthetic lawn you already have.